Having had the benefit of serving as the Member of Parliament for Bibimla before being appointed as the District Chief Executive of the Nanumba district assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Ibn Abass, believed the latter was more daunting than the former.
While admitting that there was no position or office without a challenge, “in all fairness, the work of a DCE is more challenging and involving than that of an MP.”
Mr. Abass who is taking part in the conference of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives from the Northern Zone here in Kumasi, explained to the Times in an interview that while the MP had some moratorium to be in Parliament, and as such a bit away from the pressures of demands of the constituents, the DCE was always with the people “and must constantly interact with them to find solutions to their needs.”
According to him, although MPs were also confronted with similar problems, they could be excused for meeting those needs since that were not their primary roles.
Nevertheless, he said his experience as a former MP made the demands of the job less daunting, adding, “having had the experience as a law maker, I had a broader perceptive about governance and development, and wider network on whom to call in times of difficulties.”
When asked whether it was the challenge of the job that make many DCEs decide to contest for the position of an MP, the former MP for Bibimla, was unable to profer definite answer but believed that that aspiration could be due to varied reason such as people aspiring for higher position and the confidence and air that come with being elected as an MP.
“It is confirmation of the people’s trust in you unlike being appointed by the president and confirmed by just a section of the people.
“And besides, as an MP there is security of tenure of office which is not limited to only when one party is power,” he explained.
Commenting on the president, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills’ high praise for their good works at the various assemblies, Mr. Abass, said some of them were humbled by the praise not because they had not done enough “but because we think this should becoming from the people on the ground.”
That not withstanding, he said his assembly has seen tremendous development especially in the educational sector over the last two and half years.
He said social interventions such as the provision of free school uniforms, exercise books and the school feeding programme, were more or less like life saving blood for people in his district.
That said, he said there was still more to be done and was hopeful that the next one and half years ahead will see a continuation of more development to alleviate the plight of the people.